STEWART, James “Jim”

USA (1927-2017)

Last updated: August 10, 2017 at 4:27 am

Diving pioneer; chief diving officer emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1960 to 1991; consultant to NASA; developed underwater training techniques for astronauts; developed the original University Guide for Diving Safety; from 1967, was responsible for the training and evaluation of all diving scientists in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs; became a member of the Bottom Scratchers in 1951; began freediving in 1941 at age 14.

Honours and Awards:

Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement (AAUS, 2001)
Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award (AAUS, 2001)
Roger Revelle Trophy (San Diego Oceans Foundation, 2001)
NAUI Hall of Honor (2000)
National Conservation Award (Secretary of the U.S. Dept of the Interior, 1992)
Pioneer Award (DEMA, 1991)
NOGI Award (Sports & Education, 1969)


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